Riverton – WA 2013

LIB 2.0%

Incumbent MP
Mike Nahan, since 2008.

Geography
Southern Perth. Riverton lies on the southern side of the Canning River, covering the suburbs of Rossmoyne, Shelley, Riverton, Parkwood and Willetton. Almost all of Riverton lies in Canning local government area.

Redistribution
Riverton covers all of its 2008 territory, as well as Rossmoyne, which was gained from Bateman. Prior to the redistribution, Riverton was the most marginal Liberal seat in the state, but the redistribution increased the margin from 0.2% to 2.0%.

History
Riverton has existed since 1989.

The seat was held by Graham Kierath for the Liberal Party from 1989 until he was defeated in 2001.

Tony McRae defeated Kierath in 2001. He held the seat for the ALP for two terms.

In 2008, McRae was narrowly defeated by the Liberal Party’s Mike Nahan, losing by 64 votes.

Candidates
Sitting Liberal MP Mike Nahan is running for re-election. The ALP is running Hannah Beazley. The Greens are running Marcus Atkinson.

Assessment
Riverton is a very marginal seat.

2008 result

Candidate Party Votes % Swing
Mike Nahan LIB 8,002 41.3 +1.4
Tony McRae ALP 7,722 39.9 -4.3
Sol Hanna GRN 2,037 10.5 +4.6
Daniel Ossevoort CDP 652 3.4 +0.4
Joy Drennan FF 548 2.8 +0.3
Christopher Boots IND 403 2.1 +2.1

2008 two-candidate-preferred result

Candidate Party Votes % Swing
Mike Nahan LIB 9,708 50.2 +2.2
Tony McRae ALP 9,644 49.8 -2.2

 

 

Polling booths in Riverton at the 2008 WA state election. North in green, South in blue.

Booth breakdown
Booths have been divided into two parts. The north covers Rossmoyne and Riverton, and the south covers Willetton and Parkwood.

The ALP won the southern parts of the seat: 42.5% to 38.8%. The Liberal Party won the north more convincingly: 49.3% to 32.8%.

Voter group LIB % ALP % GRN % Total votes % of ordinary votes
South 38.80 42.46 10.56 10,649 60.92
North 49.33 32.80 10.41 6,830 39.08
Other votes 40.62 38.65 11.69 3,395

Liberal primary votes in Riverton at the 2008 WA state election.

Labor primary votes in Riverton at the 2008 WA state election.

Greens primary votes in Riverton at the 2008 WA state election.